Comparing Fabinho’s 2017-18 stats to Liverpool’s existing midfielders
Liverpool have made the summer’s first big transfer play having agreed a deal to sign Monaco midfielder Fabinho.
The Brazilian arrives at Anfield for a fee which could rise above £40million, becoming the second player to join the club this summer after RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita.
To see how the midfielder might fit in, we’ve compared his stats from the 2017-18 season to his potential new team-mates in the Liverpool midfield.
Goals and assists
None of Liverpool’s central midfielders got anywhere near Fabinho’s tally of seven goals in Ligue 1, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Emre Can, James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum combined only managing one more in the Premier League.
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s three goals and seven assists in the league was a match for Fabinho’s seven goals and three assists, with both players directly involved in 10 league goals throughout 2017-18.
Can saw the next-highest return with three goals and four assists, with Milner adding three league assists to his record-breaking eight in the Champions League, but no goals.
Henderson and Wijnaldum both netted once this season, with the former adding one assist and the latter two.
Henderson leads the way in the passing stats, attempting 86.4 passes per 90 minutes in the Premier League this season.
Milner comes next with 75.5, followed by Can with 66.3 before you reach Fabinho on 58.2 passes per 90 minutes. Wijnaldum and Chamberlain lag behind on 47.7 and 45.7 respectively.
Each player’s success rate is relatively similar, Wijnaldum the best on 89.9% and Chamberlain the worst on 81.9%. New signing Fabinho averaged an 86.3% pass success rate for Monaco this season.
When it comes to creating chances, playing the final pass before a team-mate takes a shot, the defensive midfielder averages 1.1 per 90 minutes.
Only Henderson (1.0) and Wijnaldum (0.8) have averaged fewer for Liverpool in the Premier League this season, while Can is level on 1.1
Milner creates an average of 1.7 chances per 90 minutes, while Chamberlain set up team-mates for a shot 2.1 times per 90.
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Former Arsenal man Chamberlain once again comes out on top when it comes to dribbling, completing 2.4 successful dribbles per 90 minutes.
Wijnaldum averaged 1.6 successful dribbles per 90 minutes in the 2017-18 Premier League, while Fabinho comes next for his 1.1 in Ligue 1.
Can finds himself just behind on 1.0, then comes Milner on 0.9 and finally Henderson who completes just 0.3 dribbles per 90 minutes.
However, the England midfielder has the best ball retention statistics, being dispossessed on average 0.5 times per 90 minutes, and taking an unsuccessful touch only 0.6 times per 90.
Fabinho is a close second, though, as he was dispossessed an average of 0.6 and took 0.7 unsuccessful touches per 90 minutes in Ligue 1.
Milner has an average of 1.1 for both statistics, while Can was dispossessed 0.6 times per 90, and took 1.3 unsuccessful touches.
Wijnaldum took 1.3 unsuccessful touches per 90 minutes, while being dispossessed 1.4 times. Chamberlain, meanwhile, lost the ball 1.5 times per 90, and averaged 2.2 bad touches in the Premier League.
Ideally you’re looking at Fabinho as the No. 6, with Keita and Ox as the No. 8s.
Fabinho is smart, mobile, tackles well, passes well enough, dribbles out of danger. If £40m is right, it’s a damn good price too.
— Sam Tighe (@stighefootball) May 28, 2018
A defensive midfielder equally comfortable at right-back, Fabinho averaged more successful tackles than any Liverpool midfielder in the 17-18 campaign, winning the ball back 3.4 times per 90 minutes.
Milner averaged 3.0 successful tackles per 90 minutes this season, with Can just behind him on 2.9.
Henderson completed just 2.1 tackles per 90 minutes of Premier League action, Chamberlain 1.9 and Wijnaldum 1.3.
In Liverpool’s high-intensity pressing style, Henderson has won 1.3 interceptions per 90 minutes this season, equalling Fabinho’s Ligue 1 efforts.
Can and Chamberlain both average 1.2 with Milner just behind on 1.1 and Wijnaldum completing 0.9 interceptions per 90 minutes.
"He has ability and mentality to play at the highest level in a number of positions. He can play ‘6’, ‘8’ and ‘2’. This is cool." 👍
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 28, 2018